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How to remove mold stains?

There are 5 steps that can be followed to remove mold stains: 

  1. First take the item outside, so as not to spread mold spores indoors, and brush as much of the mold off as you can.
  2. Allow the item to dry in the sun for awhile, as direct sunlight can often kill many different types of mold spores.
  3. After plenty of sunlight has been distributed evenly over the item, presoak it in cold water possibly with a bleach solution, color safe if it has colors in it, and then machine wash it with warm water and detergent.
  4. Lemon juice and salt in cold water has also been used with colored fabrics, as well as a vinegar solution to aid in smell removal.
  5. Hang the item in the sun again to dry. 

Unfortunately, mold does leave stains but by using the previous solution and washing materials in this manner, you have rid the items of mold and most likely the musty smell as well, however removing mold stains is an entirely different matter.

Note Also:

Here are a couple of ideas that I haven’t prove my self, but that may be worth trying.

  • X-14 Mildew Stain Remover with Bleach will often remove the stains.
  • Try mixing 2 cap fulls of Milton baby sterilizing fluid with 3-4 liters of water and soak the item over night.

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Joslyn from the MoldBlogger team

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9 thoughts on “How to remove mold stains?

  1. Pingback: How to Remove Mold and the Smell from Clothing - The Mold Blog
  2. I manage a Drycleaners and was shocked to find that at all the different ones I have worked at. The one thing that gets everyone is mold. Blood…No problem,Food…No problem,Wine…No problem,but Mold…No one has the answers for. Thank you for you idea’s and I am going to try these things out to help my customers get ride of there problem.

  3. hi
    i purchased a wedding dress on ebay and when i recieved it it had like bits of mould on it i have taken it to the wedding dress drycleaners but they are still there but much lighter dose anyone have another solution?
    thanks

  4. I have a bassinet that has a mold stain,the cotton liner does not come off. How do I clean the mold while it is in bassinet.

  5. I have used “Clorox Clean-up” on many items! I run a clothing program, and we get lots of donations! I sort through all the clothing. I have found, even with a wedding gown, and many colored items, a little spray of clorox clean-up, and sit for a few moments, and gone! Works great on my outdoor Patio Umbrella (Multicolored)!

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